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Blog Archives: January 2015 — December 2015

5 Tips for Millennials Looking to Afford a Home in the Bay Area

September 24, 2015
Nil Erdal
If you're a thriving young professional looking to move to an upbeat city with a diverse community and tons of job opportunities, it's almost certain that the Bay Area has come across as one of your prime options. Niche.com evaluated 232 U.S. cities in order to find the most suitable cities for millennials across the nation and not surprisingly, four Bay Area cities made the top 20 list (#4 - San Francisco | #9 - Berkeley | #15 - Sunnyvale | #20 - Santa Clara). Some factors that were considered in the evaluation were ease of commuting, the ...

10 Modern Pet Furniture Ideas to Accentuate your Eichler Home

August 18, 2015
Nil Erdal
  Lets face it: We treat our pets like our children and more often times than not, we like to spoil them. Every time we walk through the doorsteps of our home, we know we have a furry friend anxiously waiting to greet us and that unconditional love can sometimes drive us to do some over-the-top things. I mean common, you can't tell us that we're the only ones seeing more and more pets featured in Christmas cards each year. Heck one of our former clients threw a dog-themed Christmas party last year just so her pug would be ...

Interior Design Tips & Inspirations for Eichler & Mid-Century Modern Homeowners

August 07, 2015
Nil Erdal
What attracts people to Eichler homes is that there's an everlasting quality portrayed in the design where old and new blend together in a harmonious way. In essence, Eichlers respect the era they originated from, while staying true to the wants and needs of today's homeowner. Since Eichler homes were quite innovative for their time and reflect the underlying philosophy of modernism, which was to create a new way of living during a pivotal time in our country's history, it's important for homeowners to take this same approach when designing ...

Join Us for the First Ever Eichler Inspired Sunnyvale Home Tour

July 20, 2015
Nil Erdal
We are excited to announce that we have partnered with Keycon Inc. Construction & Design to host the FIRST ever Eichler Inspired Sunnyvale Home Tour! Now whether you're a long-time Eichler homeowner looking for remodeling ideas or you're just curious about Eichlers in general and want tips from Eichler experts and seasoned homeowners, this is the perfect event for you. Anyone and everyone is welcomed to join us, so we encourage all of you in the Bay Area to come check it out. We're going to start the event off with a scrumptious taco lunch ...

7 of the Most Unique and Iconic Homes in the Bay Area

July 12, 2015
Nil Erdal
One can inarguably say that the Bay Area has some of the most notable, yet strangely unique homes in all of the nation. If you don't believe us, try take a stroll down the streets of San Francisco and take pictures of the homes that stand out to you. If you've done this correctly, you should have an album that rigorously reflects the political and historical values of the city. The homes we mention in this article have more than just an eye-catching exterior; They each have a one-of-a-kind story that makes them iconic to the Bay Area. Just ...

Best Places to Find Globe Lighting Fixtures for Eichler and Mid-Century Modern Homeowners

July 01, 2015
Nil Erdal
The globe pendant light is perhaps the most ubiquitous mid-century modern home fixture. Especially in Eichler built homes, stem-mounted globe lights, also called ball lights, were used as the primary source of interior lighting, and could be found in the entry, living and dining, kitchen and hallways. They work well as single pendants, but they're especially head-turning when hung in pairs or multiples at different heights. To give you a little background: Globe lighting fixtures are literally globes made of decorative fabric, plastic, metal, ...

What California's New Water Restrictions Mean for Sunnyvale Homeowners in 2015

June 23, 2015
Nil Erdal
If you haven't heard about the serious drought in California by now, you're either not a fan of the news or you've just been hiding in your shell for too long. For over four years, state officials and California residents have desperately been trying to find solutions to avoid a statewide catastrophe of seeing wells run dry amidst a drought that seems to have no end. After seeing the lowest snowpack measurement on record in Sierra Nevada, which provides nearly a third of California's water, state officials have finally decided to put their ...

The Luxurious Homes of Bay Area's 2015 NBA Champions #DubNation

June 17, 2015
Nil Erdal
June 16th will be a day that all Bay Area residents will remember as the Golden State Warriors take home the 2015 NBA Championship against the Cleveland Cavaliers. Firecrackers, honking horns and occasional celebratory gunshots boomed across San Francisco on Tuesday night as residents celebrated their first NBA championship in 40 years. After years of unwavering dedication and loyalty through dreadful decades (some say it's insanity while we consider it to be admirable fandom), the city deserves this moment of celebration knowing that the ...

7 Beautifully Crafted Miniature Sized Homes for Sale in the Bay Area

June 10, 2015
Nil Erdal
If there was ever a place that proved that small-space living doesn't need to feel like a sacrifice, it's the Sonoma County in the Bay Area. This county is the hotbed of the small house movement with an annual exhibit at the Sonoma County Fair, several small-house companies and at least 100 tiny dwellings.  The movement seems to be gaining popularity throughout the Bay Area as well since the idea of living more efficiently in less space comes with many financial benefits. If you've been keeping up with the Bay Area's real estate market trends ...

Father's Day in the Bay 2015 - Events & Activities for You and Dad

June 03, 2015
Nil Erdal
Since we wrote about some DIY gift ideas you could surprise mom with for Mother's Day, it's only fair to write about some exciting things to do with the man of the household on his big day. If you're in the Bay Area this Father's Day, which is on June 21st (Sunday) this year, there's a bunch of activities you and dad can partake in. Let's be honest - celebrating Father's Day with dinner at a restaurant has become somewhat overrated. Sure it's a great fallback option, but why not step out of your comfort zone and try something a little more ...

The 4 Best Places to Live in Sunnyvale, California

May 27, 2015
Nil Erdal
Sunnyvale, better known as the home to many high-tech companies such as Yahoo!, is located in Santa Clara County in the San Francisco Bay Area. With a population of 147,559 people and 27 constituent neighborhoods, Sunnyvale is the 39th largest community in California. Now whether you're reading this because you're planning on moving into Sunnyvale in the near future or you're just itching to learn more about this vivacious city, our goal is to make you more knowledgeable about the area by the end of this article. Keep in mind that Sunnyvale ...

The Past, Present and Future of Eichler Homes

May 21, 2015
Nil Erdal
Like many home designs, people will either fall madly in love with Eichlers or just find no interest in them. Many people thought that Joseph Eichler was ahead of his time with his designs, and turned off those who were seeking more conventional rather than innovative homes. However what a lot of people don't seem to know is that Joseph Eichler stood for much more than just the revolution of modern architecture; He stood for equalism and nondiscrimination, which is probably why he saw so much resistance in the 20th century. The message we ...

7 Secrets to Selling your Home for 15% more in Sunnyvale, CA

May 12, 2015
Nil Erdal
When it comes to selling your home in Sunnyvale, or any home in fact, it's really important to tune into the mindset of a buyer who's looking to move into the area. Keep in mind that your potential buyers could either be the couple from a nearby town or a family coming from halfway across the country. In either case, you're going to want to highlight the aspects of your home that truly give it that Sunnyvale feel so that it's a comfortable transition for your potential buyers. With over 20 years of real estate experience in the ...

10 Essential Open House Tips for Home Buyers and Sellers

May 06, 2015
Nil Erdal
Spring and Summer are the busiest times in real estate according to statistics nationwide. For home buyers, this busy season means doing your homework to find as many homes that fit your needs and scheduling times to attend open houses. For home sellers, it’s all about the prep work and taking those extra steps to boost your homes curb appeal so that it stands out from your competition. In any case, an open house is a long-standing tradition that's essential in any real estate transaction. It allows sellers to showcase the best features of ...

6 Simple DIY Mothers Day Gifts that'll Glam Up your Home

April 28, 2015
Nil Erdal
Whether you’re celebrating a mother, grandmother, sister or friend this May, we find that homemade gifts really hit the spot for any mother figure in your life. And with Mother's Day coming up on May 10th, a DIY gift is perfect for those on a time constraight or budget. For the less crafty audience out there struggling to get a grip on this whole DIY craziness, don't be scared because we made sure that these gifts are indeed easy to make. The best part of it all is that it'll accentuate the one thing mom works so hard to maintain everyday: ...

10 Free & Easy Ways to Make your Home More Green in 2015

April 22, 2015
Nil Erdal
With Earth Day coming up tomorrow (April 22, 2015), we thought it'd be a good idea to give you all some pointers on how to make your home, as well as your lifestyle, more green. Now when we talk about greening your home, we're not talking about investing in major home renovations that'll cost you thousands of dollars. We're talking about adopting a healthier, greener lifestyle by doing basic things like recycling, sourcing local materials and repurposing items from your home. A lot of people don't realize how much of an impact they can make ...

7 Water Saving Plants for Eichler and Midcentury Moden Home Gardens

April 14, 2015
Nil Erdal
With California facing one of the most severe droughts on record, there's no doubt that homeowners should consider investing in water saving remodels that'll reduce unnecessary water usage.  In addition to saving money on your utility bill, water conservation helps prevent water pollution in nearby lakes, rivers and local watersheds.  Conserving water can also extend the life of your septic system by reducing soil saturation, and reducing any pollution due to leaks. In some communities, costly sewage system expansion has been avoided by ...

10 Easy Spring Cleaning Cheats Every Homeowner Wants to Know

April 08, 2015
Nil Erdal
Spring is in the air which means that in addition to longer days and warmer weather, summer is just around the corner and it’s time to shed our winter ways and get into the spirit of spring! And what better way to kick off this spring than with an organized home that looks brand new?  If you're the type of person that'd rather spend your spring bathing in the sun than at home scrubbing away at tiles, then we wrote this blog just for you. We're here to share some of the tips and secrets we've gathered from numerous homeowners that'll save you ...

8 Smart Home Technologies that Home Buyers are Looking for

April 01, 2015
Nil Erdal
The proliferation of technology is not only changing the way Americans live, it's also changing their tastes and expectations when shopping for real estate. As smart home technologies and appliances are becoming more mainstream within homes, it's important to understand how this growing trend impacts you as a home seller. A recent study performed by Coldwell Banker shows that 64% of realtors surveyed agreed that buyers today are more interested in homes with smart features compared to two to five years ago. On top of that, 33% of realtors ...

2015 Sunnyvale Real Estate Market Trends - It's A Great Year to SELL

March 24, 2015
Nil Erdal
Getting ready to buy or sell your home this spring break? If not now, then perhaps you're preparing for a home transaction sometime this year? As your Sunnyvale real estate experts with 27 years of experience buying and selling homes in the area, we want to tune you into what makes us so successful as realtors. Whether you decide to hire a realtor or go through the buying/selling process on your own, the first thing to really grasp your hands around are the market trends in your area. Before you even decide to buy or sell a home, you should ...

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